Daniel Casey, who wrote the screenplays for F9 and 10 Cloverfield Lane, has been tapped by Joe and Anthony Russo‘s production company AGBO to reboot Battle Of The Planets.
Unsurprisingly, AGBO is attempting to lay the foundation for a cinematic universe with the reboot of the anime originally adapted from the Japanese series Science Ninja Team Gatchaman.
Battle of the Planets was the most successful anime in the United States during the 1970s, and revolved around five teens collectively known as G-Force, who were tasked with protecting Earth from space attacks, especially those from the evil masked villain, Zoltar.
AGBO obviously see this as a the basis for a potential money maker, which will extend across multiple types of media. The franchise will be produced in conjunction with Tatsunoko Productions, the creators of the original anime series. Casey will write the screenplay for the first film and work with the Russos to develop the franchise.
The brothers said in a statement: “We are thrilled to be working with a collaborator of Dan’s caliber on this beloved property. His passion, attention to detail, and thirst for innovation will no doubt delight fans of the IP while making a thoughtful introduction for newcomers.”
Casey obviously has plenty of experience in the franchise world when you look at his prior screenplays, and AGBO would kill for something on the scale of the Fast & Furious franchise, with the Casey-penned F9 becoming the pandemic’s highest-grossing Hollywood film, reeling in almost $600 million at the box office.
It takes a lot of work and luck for a cinematic universe to develop from something that isn’t already hugely popular like Star Wars, but a major step in the right direction for Battle Of The Planets would be if the first film is well-liked. So there is pressure on Casey to deliver.